The most common complaint about the Hyundai Tucson SUV is that the vehicle has poor gas mileage, according to car complaint and repair statistics website CarComplaints.com. Other commonly reported issues include rapid tire wear and problems with the vehicle's transmission.
Owners of the Hyundai Tucson SUV frequently report that the gas mileage they obtain is much lower than the estimates provided by Hyundai. While Hyundai cites an expected 22 mpg for city driving and 28 for highway driving, owners report that actual figures are as low as half of those estimates. A settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency resulted in Hyundai providing reimbursement for fuel costs to owners of 2012 and 2013 Tucsons due to this discrepancy, but many owners of 2011 model year vehicles report that they are affected by the issue as well.
In addition to fuel consumption issues, Tucsons from several model years have been subject to multiple recalls for safety issues. For example, the 2005 Tucson was recalled for defects in the electronic stability control system of the vehicle and a faulty brake light controller that could prevent the brake lights from illuminating when the brake pedal is pressed. Another recall to replace defective air bag assemblies affects Tucsons manufactured from 2011 to 2014.